India Internet News

Firechat app allows users to message without an internet connection

Author: Unnamed Reporter - Published 2015-07-31 11:20

In a new innovative approach, FireChat, a mobile app for iOS and Android, lets users chat and message each other without having a working mobile data connection.

In April 2014, we heard how "the technique might someday be used to tie together thousands of devices with built-in radios and make it possible to be online without having to pay for the access. It could also enable online communications in remote areas or disaster zones without Wi-Fi or cellular signals. Furthermore, the conversations in these so-called “off-the-grid” networks can’t be easily hacked into by spies and mischief makers or shut down by governments trying to stifle free speech."

How to Protect Your Android Phone From the Stagefright Bug

Author: Greg Baugues - Published 2015-07-29 02:50

Disabling Auto Retrieve MMS will partially mitigate this vulnerability ahead of the official patch release.

All MMS media files will require a click in order to be viewed, but disabling this feature will prevent an attack from automatically executing on your phone. Turning off this feature does not fix the exploit entirely. So long as the bug exists, your Android device remains vulnerable and can be hacked if a malformed media file is downloaded by clicking on it. This vulnerability will not be completely fixed until a patch is released for your device, but this intermediate step can help mitigate the threat in the meantime.

Nasscom warehouse powers Kolkata's startup push

Author: Tasmayee Laha Roy - Published 2015-07-28 02:01

Software body Nasscom is aiding the process. It has set up a startup warehouse - a co-working space that offers space and other infrastructure to the budding entrepreneurs at a nominal cost - at the Salt Lake area of the city in association with the West Bengal government.

Eight weband mobile-based app developers operate out of this facility . Nasscom is second in the country as part of its 10,000 Startup initiative to scale up the startup ecosystem.

Amazon readies $5 billion chest for bigger play in India, to launch subscription-based ecommerce services

Author: Pankaj Mishra & Jayadevan PK - Published 2015-07-20 16:42

Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is readying a $5-billion war chest to grow India into its biggest market outside the US, according to two people directly familiar with the company's decision. It is also set to add instant video and subscription-based ecommerce services for high-end buyers, called Amazon Prime, in India later this year.

Symantec Intelligence Report - June 2015

Author: Ben Nahorney - Published 2015-07-20 12:55

The spam rate today is the lowest since September 2003. According to data that Symantec collects from 57.6 million "attack sensors" spread across 157 countries and thousands of events logged every second, the overall spam rate has dropped to below 50% percent for the first time in over a decade.

Jayalalithaa files defamation petition against portal

Author: Unnamed Reporter - Published 2015-07-18 16:31

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday filed a defamation petition against an online news portal on charges of publishing an article on her health condition.

The petition was filed against Ajith Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Rediff, Nikil Lakshman, Editor-in-Chief, Abhishek Mande, Senior Associated Editor and R. Ramasubramanian, reporter.

Govt panel recommends upholding of net neutrality in India

Author: Javed Anwer - Published 2015-07-16 13:44

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Thursday came out with its much awaited report on the issue of net neutrality in India. The DoT panel, which was looking into the issue, said that the net neutrality is a vital to the good internet experience and that "the committee unhesitatingly recommends that the core principles of net neutrality must be adhered to".

While the DoT recommendations are not yet binding on any entity, they may help TRAI, the telecom regulator in India, and government to come up with norms that would uphold and safeguard the net neutrality.

E-commerce to change face of Indian merchandise biz: Ratan Tata

Author: Unnamed Reporter - Published 2015-07-16 01:44

Promising start-ups in e-commerce and e-retail space are the ones that will change the face of Indian merchandising and marketing business, Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata said today.

"For the last three years, I have been a free person (by not in command of the Tata Group). If I look at the landscape, I see the future in young managers, the young start-ups. It is what I saw in United States in the 70s and 80s," he said.

Tax Talk: Filing of income tax returns made simpler for Aadhaar card holders

Author: Rakesh Nangia - Published 2015-07-14 10:29

To rectify this situation, CBDT has announced that a taxpayer who furnishes his Aadhaar card number in the return form need not send a physical copy of ITR-V to CPC. Under the new system of verification, termed as Electronic Verification Certification (EVC), the process of verification will be as under:

  • Step 1: The taxpayer furnishes his Aadhaar card number in the return form while filing the return online;
  • Step 2: He then receives a verification code in form of a one-time password (OTP) on the mobile phone number associated with the Aadhaar card;
  • Step 3: He enters the verification code at the time of e-filing to authenticate and complete the process.